Catch Up Week
This week was exceptionally busy catching up on plans and activities that had to be re-arranged due to the previous week’s snowy weather. We hope that you managed to make the most of the snow?
This will probably be the hardest article ever, to write, as I need to inform you that Ms Boucherat has made an exceptionally difficult decision to retire from her work in schools, as of Easter. She will be a massive loss to the school and of course no-one will be able to fill her shoes! She is an exceptional lady, who during her time at Wembury has inspired many (children and adults) to fulfil their dreams and ambitions, in the world of music and theatre. We know that there will be many parents, children and ex-pupils and colleagues who would wish to send their best wishes. Play Day, on the 28th March, will be her last official production, with her last working day being 29th March. (Reminder we finish at 1.15pm on this day.) However we hope that this is not her last visit to Wembury, as she has been encouraged to return to support specific projects.
Ms Boucherat was challenged to support us in finding a new specialist, and although we know they will not replace her, it needed to be someone very talented who could build upon her work, and further develop our creativity. Our new music specialist will be Mr Martin Calvert. (Photo to follow shortly but he is also hoping to visit on Play Day.)
Mr Calvert has been a keen musician from an early age! After taking part in many musical theatre groups and working as a stagehand in theatres around his home town of Middlesbrough, he gained a degree in creative arts specialising in music performance, composing and music technology, along with drama in theatrical design and acting. As a primary teacher and music coordinator for over 20 years, Mr Calvert has taught the whole primary age range. He has worked with many amateur groups including Plymkids as a director, actor and voice coach while more recently helping them with musical arrangements and rehearsals for the Collabro project at the Pavilions. He plays a variety of instruments including trumpet, guitar, drums and keyboard. He has coached acclaimed primary choirs, instrumental groups and produced numerous concerts and musicals including some of his own original productions.
Whilst we remain devastated, it was an inevitability at some stage soon. However we shall embrace the change and look forward to working with Mr Calvert as a new opportunity.
Sadly, I also need to inform you of three other staff members that we will be saying goodbye to, on the 29th March. Teaching Assistants Mrs Kirsty Wright, Mrs Stina Kallgren and Mrs Bernie Guthrie have decided on ventures new. All who have been at Wembury for many years, supporting pupils and staff alike and who brought a range of talents and characters. They too will be hugely missed and we wish them well in new places, roles and responsibilities. Mrs Guthrie will however remain a familiar face, in continuing her role as Clerk to governors.
Last week Wembury staff held a Maths Mastery Day for colleagues across WeST primaries. As a school we have been working on this aspect for over two years; developing fluency of mathematical understanding through a variety of contexts and promoting the use of mathematical reasoning through discussions. Lessons were observed as a means to demonstrate how our mastery practice and approach has developed, with a view to supporting WeST colleagues to further develop their own school's practice and that across WeST. It was a very positive day; visiting staff were very impressed with our pupils' engagement, behaviour and expectations. They were also impressed with the effort that staff had gone to in lesson preparation, especially the use of IT and presentations. As a consequence Wembury staff need to be congratulated on their efforts and expertise, knowing that their practice demonstrates the best of mathematical teaching and learning. An action plan has been drawn up and it is hoped that we will also work alongside KS3 colleagues to develop transition into secondary learning. This collaborative approach is a massive benefit to schools in WeST and ultimately for our pupils. Sharing teaching and learning, expertise and resources will ensure a sense of consistency within locality but it is essential that each school retains its individuality.
Governors' Open Day
As if the Maths Day wasn't enough we also had our annual Governors' Open Day last week! As you know governors regularly visit the school to keep afoot of current practice and to monitor developments and policies in action, holding the school to account. The focus of this visit was to look at opportunities for developing vocabulary and writing across the curriculum. Again it was a very positive day; the engagement and talk of the pupils and depth of subject knowledge of staff and pupils! This day will be further discussed at our next governors' meeting in order to clarify and improve practice.
As mentioned in an earlier Blog, Jimmy Carr is undertaking an epic challenge in about 6 weeks running from John O'Groats to Lands End and the Wembury Marathon was organised to raise funds for CoppaFeel and to raise awareness of his challenge.
There were over 60 people that took part on Saturday 3rd March, running one or more loops of the 3 mile course. This number included several of the children from school who were congratulated in our Friday Celebration Assembly. It was a very hilly course and to walk let alone run the three miles. What an achievement for them.
Those that completed the course included:
Pheobe Draper & Isla Bonney were also out marshalling on the day.
A MASSIVE well done to all, especially as some of the route was still snowy and slushy and good luck to Mr Carr who can be seen out running around the village.
Coombe Dean Aspire Gymnastics leaders were brilliant in their assistance with the KS1 Gymnastics Festival. Children experienced the bars, beam, springboard and trampette as well as learning a new floor routine and competing in the springboard competition. Well done to Margo and Jacob for coming 1st and 2nd respectively, against all other schools and competitors.
Read the full article through this link (GYMNASTICS) to our News section.
What a successful evening's swim our Year 6 teams had at the Devonport Royal Swimming Gala. Despite not winning overall both the boys' and girls' teams came 4th in their heats, with the girls' time taking them into them into the final and the boys missing out by 3 seconds! There were 30 schools and over 240 children - what an event and what a team Wembury!
Follow this link to find out more about this exciting event - SWIMMING
I have never seen so many children dancing at any disco! The musical statues took forever to conclude and the 'Row Boat' song filled the floor!
Thank you to FroWS members for organising this and the new room for Foundation Stage parents who wished to stay. (There were only about six and they had time to catch up in the peace of the classroom!) Thank you to FroWS members and parents who manned the refreshments, face painting, tatoos and goodies. It was a very successful evening, with children chilling out in the hall rather than the toilets.
Thank you to all for your support.
Spring into Action
I hope you have put Saturday 24th in your diaries for our community Orchard Day? We are working with AONB, who are providing a grant to support this project. On Saturday we will be mulching, pruning and planting so please come along to help 10.00-1.00pm. Please see the information attached with this blog or click on this link to find out more. We look forward to a productive day.